Althletes Withdraw From Guernsey Commonwealth Team
The Guernsey Commonwealth Games Association and the Guernsey Athletics Club have announced that Sam Wallbridge and Tom Druce will be withdrawing from the Guernsey Commonwealth Team.
During a training session at Queensland Athletics Centre, near Brisbane, Sam Wallbridge sustained a fractured collarbone, after colliding with a hurdle.
The 400m hurdler had travelled to Australia before the main team, in order to ‘acclimatise and tune up’ ahead of the Games.
Despite now being out of the Commonwealth Games, due to the injury, Sam will remain in Australia for an operation, scheduled for next month.
Because of this, Guernsey will have to withdraw from the 4x400m relay event.
Development Officer Tom Druce was only due to run the relay at the Gold Coast Games, and was meant to be flying out from the UK to join Sam hours after the incident occurred.
After a consultation with Chef de Mission, Garry Collins, the club’s Board of Directors, senior athletes and coaches, Tom decided to return to Guernsey.
The Guernsey Athletic Club and the GCGA wish Sam all the best for his recovery.
Chef de Mission and Team Leader, Garry Collins, says:
‘It’s a real shame for Sam, and Tom, and we wish Sam a speedy recovery. Unfortunately, the closing fate for entries has passed and therefore Guernsey is unable to replace these athletes at all.’